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post #10801 of 10814 Old 03-16-2017, 06:01 AM
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WHKY TV 14.4 changed from Heartland to the Charge!

Let us know what you think.
Since I don't watch music videos (of any kind), this change to an oldie movie channel works for me.

I had 14.4 blocked until I read your post. I watched a movie on Charge! yesterday that I don't recall ever being aired on TV, "Bailout at 43,000 Feet" from 1957. My kinda flick!
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Well it just seems like after the analog to digital transition, there were more full power UHF channels at 1000kw than what we may be seeing with the repack. And since WBTV was allowed 1000kw on 23, it seems like WJZY would be also allowed 1000kw on 25. But I guess now they are factoring differently. But hopefully the new power levels will match the current coverage area.

And I guess power levels are not the only criteria, as I guess antenna patterns and height play a role. Because currently WMYT-39 is only around 200kw, and I get identical signal strength with WJZY-47 at 1000kw from the same tower. Both usually around 8 to 10 bars.
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A lot of discussion on reduce power levels. WSOC is dropping 15 channels (90 MHz). The power drop from 1000Kw to 720Kw doesn't worry me. At UHF, height trumps power.
Dropping 280Kw not a problem, dropping 280' would be a major concerns. I know this first hand from my days in the Norfolk market.

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I just upgraded my 12 year old Mitsubishi XD 300U projector to a Epson HC 3700. Needless to say the upgrade is impressive, but I am experiencing an unusual problem on three channels. The problem is that I am seeing a broken white line across the top of the screen. Some times the white pattern jitters. I see this only on 30.2, 30.3 and 46.3.

Has anyone else seen this phenomenon one these channels? Is there anything these channels have in common that would cause this effect?

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I just upgraded my 12 year old Mitsubishi XD 300U projector to a Epson HC 3700. Needless to say the upgrade is impressive, but I am experiencing an unusual problem on three channels. The problem is that I am seeing a broken white line across the top of the screen. Some times the white pattern jitters. I see this only on 30.2, 30.3 and 46.3.

Has anyone else seen this phenomenon one these channels? Is there anything these channels have in common that would cause this effect?

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Most likely you have overscan turned off on the new projector but was on on the old unit.
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Most likely you have overscan turned off on the new projector but was on on the old unit.
That's not a feature I'm familiar with, I'll check it out.
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That's not a feature I'm familiar with, I'll check it out.
That was it. It was set to Off and I set it to Auto and that fixed it. Thanks for the tip.
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That was it. It was set to Off and I set it to Auto and that fixed it. Thanks for the tip.
Often a tv doesn't refer to it as overscan. My Samsung plasma the default aspect is "16 X 9" which is overscan on while "screen fit" is overscan off. Same TVs refer to overscan off as "1 to 1 pixel" mapping. Overscan is a left over from the days of analog TVs.
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Look like WBTV has been dropped by AT&T Universe due to contract dispute. According to Charlotte Observer.
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WHKY TV 14.4 changed from Heartland to the Charge! network at Midnight on 3/15.
http://watchcharge.com/

This is one of the MGM/Sinclair Broadcast Group networks.
Let us know what you think.
Ahh nice. I never really got into Heartland that much. I like this channel much better. Already getting the new guide info for it too.

Good quality picture too.
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Look like WBTV has been dropped by AT&T Universe due to contract dispute. According to Charlotte Observer.
Ahh, yes, same old tired song - different singer, different verse. And the pay-TV customer remains in the bend-over-and-grab-the-ankles position.
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I saw Charge! for the first time last night, and I liked what I saw.

Can't say much for Comet though.
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Ahh, yes, same old tired song - different singer, different verse. And the pay-TV customer remains in the bend-over-and-grab-the-ankles position.
We are coming up on the 5 year anniversary of cutting the cord. I estimate that we didn't sent close to $7,500 to Dish Network during this time. Maybe more as I haven't been keeping up with the price increases.

It was replaced by OTA and a subscription to Amazon & Netflix. Occasionally we will buy a TV show via a season pass. Haven't missed the pay TV at all.
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I know many months ago we had a discussion about the "saucer" style Omni-directional antennas produced by 1byone, and other companies. I've considered those for years because my location seemed suitable for that type of setup, and finally pulled the trigger on an open box Antop UFO Smartpass Amplified Outdoor Indoor HDTV Antenna (AT-414B) last week. It had fairly decent reviews on Amazon, Solid Signal and even is sold by Denny's Antenna service now so I figured it must have something going for it.

It arrived last Friday and I did some testing this weekend. I must say for what it is I was pretty impressed with the performance. I did determine that it doesn't like to be next to interior walls (likely because of the insulation, etc) so I just sat it in the middle of a room about 3 feet off the ground. From that vantage point I was able to pick up most of the Charlotte & GSP stations including WHKY, which I've never gotten before at all. Some broke up, but at 3 feet I wasn't expecting much. The only issue was WCNC.. it didn't pick it up for some reason, so I'm planning to try it out upstairs in my bonus room to get more height. If it gets WCNC then I believe it will be a keeper. My house has a very high roof line, so I'm going to try to mount it right on the roof peak near where my current antenna sits with a peak mounting bracket and a short antenna mast. That should get me about 24-30 feet of height vs the 15 or so I have now, and will make most of the major stations LOS.

This will solve a major headache for me. Up until this point I haven't been able to find a single antenna that could pick up both markets, and combining two antennas hasn't worked because both markets have stations so strong they "bleed" onto the other antenna. I guess if the upstairs doesn't prove conclusive I've got to find two highly directional antennas with great backside deflection and point one in each direction.
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